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Warped passages : unravelling the universe's hidden dimensions

Author: Lisa Randall
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2006.
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In "Warped Passages" one of the world's most exciting scientists gives us a glimpse into our future. Incredibly readable - and illustrated throughout - it allows the general reader to understand the questions that scientists are dealing with at the frontiers of research today. Lisa Randall allows the reader to understand the kind of problems that extra dimensions might solve and the kind of speculation that is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa Randall
ISBN: 0141012978 9780141012971
OCLC Number: 64956596
Notes: Originally published: London: Allen Lane, 2005.
Includes index.
Description: xii, 499 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: I. Dimensions of space (and thought) --
1. Entryway passages : demystifying dimensions --
2. Restricted passages : rolled-up extra dimensions --
3. Exclusive passages : branes, braneworlds, and the bulk --
4. Approaches to theoretical physics --
II. Early twentieth-century advances --
5. Relativity : the evolution of Einstein's gravity --
6. Quantum mechanics : principled uncertainty, the principal uncertainties, and the uncertainty principle --
III. The physics of elementary particles --
7. The standard model of particle physics : matter's most basic known structure --
8. Experimental interlude : verifying the standard model --
9. Symmetry : the essential organizing principle --
10. The origin of elementary particle masses : spontaneous symmetry breaking and the Higgs mechanism --
11. Scaling and grand unification : relating interactions at different lengths and energies --
12. The hierarchy problem : the only effective trickle-down theory --
13. Supersymmetry : a leap beyond the standard model --
IV. String theory and branes --
14. Allegro (Ma Non Troppo) passage for strings --
15. Supporting passages : brane development --
16. Bustling passages : braneworlds --
V. Proposals for extra-dimensional universes --
17. Sparsely populated passages : multiverses and sequestering --
18. Leaky passages : fingerprints of extra dimensions --
19. Voluminous passages : large extra dimensions --
20. Warped passage : a solution to the hierarchy problem --
21. The warped annotated "Alice" --
22. Profound passage : an infinite extra dimension --
23. A reflective and expansive passage --
VI. Closing thoughts --
24. Extra dimensions : are you in or out? --
25. (In)conclusion.
Responsibility: Lisa Randall.

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"Lisa Randall, a leading theorist, has made major contributions to both particle physics and cosmology."--Brian Greene, bestselling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabrics of the Cosmos

 
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